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Your money donation to Ground Score keeps Portland clean while providing easy-entry jobs for neighbors facing work and housing insecurity. Many Ground Score workers face numerous barriers to employment and rely on our programs to afford basic necessities. Help us create an inclusive, environmentally sustainable economy by contributing today!

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Our community is in need of supplies to help folks survive and work year-round. Some of our greatest needs include rain ponchos, flushable cleansing wipes, emergency blankets, tents, sleeping bags, tarps, cold weather gear, pet coats, and nutritious non-perishable food items. Support Ground Score by contributing through our wishlist today!

Socks, gloves, and hats in boxes available to community members at Ground Score's warming shelter in Portland, Oregon for canners, recyclers, and houseless community members
Dog wearing a winter coat at Ground Score Association, which accepts donations of pet gear
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Direct supply donations support Ground Score’s programs and help workers in their daily lives. If you have items to donate, please contact Nic Boehm at nicboehm[at]groundscoreassociation[dot]org or Barbra "Barbie" Weber at barbie[at]groundscoreassociation[dot]org to make arrangements.

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We generally accept the following items:

  • Tents and tarps

  • Sleeping bags

  • Blankets

  • Emergency blankets and hand warmers

  • Clean, wearable clothing

  • Shoes

  • Rain gear

  • Backpacks and messenger bags

  • Coats and jackets

  • Gloves, beanies, and scarves

  • Pet coats

  • New socks and undergarments

  • Flushable cleansing wipes

  • Hand sanitizer

  • New hygiene supplies

  • Menstrual supplies

  • Liquid hand soap and dish soap

  • Non-perishable food items

  • Vitamin drink mixes and electrolytes

  • Bag lunches

  • Ground coffee, sugar, and powdered creamer

  • Pet food

  • Dishes, mugs, and utensils

  • Work gloves

  • Working computers, tablets, and cell phones

  • Working chargers and charging cables

  • Batteries for electronic devices (ie, AA and AAA)

  • Cell phone cases

  • Working headlamps

  • Fabrics and other materials that can be used in our sewing program (ie, broken tents, tablecloths)

  • Sewing supplies

  • Bag findings (hooks, zippers, buckles, etc.)

  • Solid dark-colored 100% cotton T-shirts to make Ground Score shirts

  • Permanent fabric paint

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Brooms

  • Disposable gloves

  • Paper towels

  • Pet waste bags

  • Laundry detergent​

We do not accept the following items:

  • Any product that has been recalled

  • Foods, vitamins, or drinks that are past date, contaminated, spoiled, likely spoiled, or have open containers

  • Anything that has been soiled or that cannot be easily cleaned in our warehouse before use

  • Used undergarments

  • Broken glass or ceramic

  • Broken electronics or cables

  • Vehicle parts

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Ground Score tables at events. There, you can purchase cards, stickers, T-shirts, and various items handmade by Ground Score workers out of materials diverted from the landfill. To order items, contact Taylor Cass Talbott at Taylor[at]groundscoreassociation[dot]org 

Bracelets, patches, zip-up pouches, and other items handmade by Ground Score workers displayed at a tabling event in Portland, Oregon along with Ground Score brochures, stickers, and business cards
Meals being served at Ground Score Association's The People's Depot (TPD) to canners, recyclers, and unhoused folks in Portland, Oregon with a dog sitting next to the serving table
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The People's Depot would like to share its space! We offer bottle redemption services to the local canner and houseless community of the Central East Side. On average we serve around 100 people in the 2 hours that we are open. We are seeking community partnerships with people who are interested in providing additional services to our community. This can be hot meals, sack lunches, or supplies that our community needs.

If you're interested in helping us out from 10 am to 12 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays–either one time or regularly–please contact Kristofer Brown at:

Kris[at]groundscoreassociation[dot]org or 971-713-6418

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While most work at Ground Score is done by paid workers, we occasionally rely on volunteers. Volunteers may prepare and serve meals at our general assemblies or on holidays, help run inclement weather shelters, and provide services for those in need.

Pictured: Diana Rempe from Street Books, who brought hot soup and helped at our warming shelter during the arctic blast in January 2024.

Diane Rempe from Street Books volunteers at Ground Score's warming shelter during the arctic blast in January 2024 in Portland, Oregon

Ground Score Association is fiscally sponsored by Trash for Peace, a 501c3 organization, 

EIN: 45-4715889

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